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Notts County 1-1 Forest Green Rovers: Five things we learned

 Notts County ‘Doidged’ a bullet

Both managers during their post-match interviews revealed that the travelling side did indeed deserve all three points from the game. However, Mark Cooper expressed his disappointment in the goal conceded as being:“the softest header of the match”. Sam Russell’s injury time mistake ended up ultimately costing the away side their first away victory of the season. It won’t be getting much easier for the defence, as they welcome Newport County, a side that have scored in their last six games and pushing for a play-off place.

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Away performances need improvement

Forest Green went in as huge underdogs against Kevin Nolan’s side having picked up just one point on the road this season. In order to keep out of the relegation zone Rovers will need to pick up points away from home. Cooper will know it’s only a small step, none the less it’s a step in the right direction.

Bugiel and Doidge finding feet

Christian Doidge and Omar Bugiel are starting to show signs they can repeat the form that they produced last season in the National League. The pair have currently netted seven times between them this season, and looked on the same page and caused a lot of problems for the County defence as the latter opened the scoring from a Doidge cross.

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Feet are firmly on the ground

The Green Devils are now unbeaten in two games in all competitions, but he’s adamant that people don’t get carried away. Conceding an equaliser in stoppage time at Meadow Lane can be seen as a kick in the teeth by many, but Cooper is adamant there are plenty of positives that can be taken from the draw against the side that occupied top spot in the league.

Concentration is key

Forest Green are yet to keep a clean sheet in the league this season, an issue that they’ll need to sort out if this seasons aim of avoiding relegation is to maintain a realistic. A lack in concentration may have slipped towards the end of the game against the league leaders. None the less everyone is well aware that the defence is the issue that needs the most attention.

 

 

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